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Humans in Outer Space: Interdisciplinary Odysseys
Edited by Luca Codignola and Kai-Uwe Schrogl

246 p. 47 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-211-87464-6
Due: October 2008

The space-faring nations are heading for the human exploration of the Moon, Mars and Near-Earth Objects. They might be soon prepared with regard to technology development. But they also need to benefit from the humanities (history, philosophy, anthropology), the arts as well as the social sciences (political science, economics, law) for mastering this immense endeavour.

The European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) have organised the first comprehensive trans-disciplinary dialogue on humans in outer space. It investigates the human quest for odysseys beyond Earth's atmosphere and reflects on the implications of the findings of extraterrestrial life.

The articles in this book present, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis by all relevant disciplines responding to the questions of how, why and with what goal humans explore outer space. More than twenty experts shed light on the thrilling perspectives space exploration provides for science, technology, politics and culture.

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European Science Foundation release:
ESF launches "Humans in Outer Space" book - focusing on humans
New book to examine humanity aspects in space explorations

Although there are still arguments about whether humans are destined for space, we have had a permanent human presence in Earth's orbit since the first crew occupied the International Space Station eight years ago, and the technology for private space flight is in the making. But, if people leave Earth in large numbers, what will we do? More importantly, who will we be?

These questions and more are addressed in the new book Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys, by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Space Policy Institute.

The book is the outcome of the Humans in Outer Space: An Interdisciplinary Odyssey conference held in Vienna last year. That meeting, organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), brought together humanities researchers from around the world, to bring their perspectives to a field long the preserve of engineers and physicists. The goal was to put human's extra-terrestrial endeavours in context by applying the analytic techniques of the humanities and social sciences.

"We can compare space to the exploration of the New World in the 16th century. That is the character of the exploration we are conducting now when we go out from the Earth," says Professor Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, the Director for the European Space Policy Institute.

He explained that Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys explores the stages of human exploration of space described in the Vienna Vision, which calls for greater participation of humanities into space policy. The first two "Odysseys" described in the Vienna Vision are either happening now or planned for the next few decades: first, a permanent human orbit of Earth, then a return to the moon, and a human landing on Mars. The third Odyssey is the exploration of worlds beyond our solar system, and possible contact with other life forms.

Humankind's journey through these stages will put us face to face with the kinds of challenges that can only be resolved with reference to the humanities: questions of law, religion, ethics. How would religion cope with extra terrestrial life? How will humans cope with long periods in isolation, utterly dependant on technology for survival? What are the political implications of human settlements on other worlds? According to Professor Dr. Ulrike Landfester from Universitaet St. Gallen, these questions and others must be considered before humankind begins the transition from Homo erectus to Homo celesticus.

"We are now running the risk of constructing ideas about outer space reality which might at some future time impede our dealings with it," she said.

Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys and the Vienna Vision, aim to move the conversation about space exploration away from rocket capacity and back to human capacity. Over the last year, the Vienna Vision has been circulated amongst policy makers and experts.

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Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Edited by Jean-Claude Worms, Nina-Louisa Remuss, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Ulrike Landfester
Following the first comprehensive transdisciplinary dialogue on humans in outer space which resulted in "Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys", the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) have continued and deepened this transdisciplinary dialogue, which can now be found in Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Going further than regarding humans as better-than-robot tools for exploration, it investigates the human quest for odysseys beyond Earth's atmosphere and reflects on arising issues related to Europe's role among the States conducting human exploration. It provides perspectives related to governance, management of space exploration, space settlements, the role of astronauts in the future as well as related to the encounter of extraterrestrial life.

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st Edition. edition (October 11, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 3709102790
  • ISBN-13: 978-3709102794

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